It makes sense to want to share health advice with your students. After all, they are likely coming to yoga class to improve their health. You may be a holistic nutritionist and want to add some extra value to your classes. Some people may have asked you to share this info and thanked you when you did. However I ask that you leave food talk out of your class altogether, and here are a few reasons why: . 1. You don’t know someone’s unique health situation, and you are speaking from a place of “authority”. If you are a nutritionist you know that everyone’s needs are different. When you say something about food in a class you are speaking from a place of authority and people are likely to take what you say quite seriously, and whatever advice you give (even if you’re just sharing your own personal experience ) people will listen, and may embark upon a plan that ultimately may do them more harm than good. 2. You do not know if someone in your class has an eating disorder. It’s not uncommon for people with eating disorders or in active recovery come to a yoga class as part of their healing process, to reconnect with themselves and their body. When you talk about food it can be very triggering and may send someone into a relapse. 3. There is already a huge amount of moralization around food (foods being labeled as “good” or “bad” ). Start talking about food in class that is held in a spiritual context and food now becomes increasingly morally conflated (think words like “pure” and “clean” ). This can start someone down a road of disordered eating by fearing certain foods. The world of yoga is already steeped in disordered eating. I see a lot of yoga teachers (and I include myself in this in the not so long ago past ) who are subscribing to eating patterns that are very disordered (cleanses, juicing, clean eating etc. ) It’s tough because it can start with wanting to practice Ahimsa through vegetarianism or veganism, but this can quickly spiral into the rigidity of disordered eating. So I ask you to consider keeping food talk out of the class altogether. People can go to a nutritionist if they want that info. For many, yoga can be a respite from these food messages t
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